Educators in the Gulf Coast are demanding higher standards for their schools in an effort to improve their graduation rates and graduation rates in the nation’s largest education market.
In an op-ed published by the Gulf News Educational Leadership Forum (GNEF), Gulf Coast Education Association (GSEA) president Michael Tully says the nation is not adequately educating its students and the gulf coast is a good place to start.GSES Educational Leadership Institute (GLEI) has proposed an education system that will provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the world of education, Tully said in a statement to Newsweek.
“Our education system is in dire need of an overhaul and a renaissance.
We need to take a bold step forward and bring together our best minds in the fields of education and innovation,” he added.”
It is time to stop blaming the past for the present and start thinking about the future.
It is time for a new generation of educators to take charge of our nation’s education system and take it back from the corporate and political elite.”
Tully’s GLEI has advocated for a “Great Learning Revolution” in the region and says its members are working to create a national system that includes a strong emphasis on math and science.
The GSEA is also calling for more research into how to help teachers, principals, and students.
“It is imperative that the Gulf coast continues to take the lead in learning to improve its education system,” Tully wrote.
“GSEs educational leadership institute is calling on the US Department of Education to initiate a review of the education system to identify how we can bring more and better standards to the Gulf states and its students.
This will be the first step in creating a national, transparent and accountable education system.”
The Gulf Coast region has been a leader in the country’s education sector for decades, according to the GSES.
The region was one of only five states in the United States to be named the number one school district in the U.S. in 2018.
It also ranks second in terms of student test scores and is one of the top states in terms, according the GLEi.
Gulf Coast teachers union president Robert W. Jones Jr. told Newsweek that his members were “troubled” by the GNEF’s proposal to raise standards.
“This is just the latest example of a misguided and outdated proposal that will harm the Gulf,” Jones said.
“The gulf coast has the most ambitious teacher and student development plans in the entire country and we believe the federal government should be more proactive and help to support the Gulf region to provide better education to its citizens.
We want to see the US government be involved and be able to help the Gulf by developing the Gulf Learning Initiative.”
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